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The first appearance of the Doctor in the comic medium. (COMIC: The Klepton Parasites)

As with the television series, the William Hartnell version of the Doctor was the original comic strip Doctor.

The first Doctor Who comics to be printed were those featured in TV Comic. Consistently labeled as little more than the series' title for the entire run, all but one of the original First Doctor stories were given titles much later by comic strip and Who historians. The original comics introduced the characters of the Doctor's grandchildren, John and Gillian, who served as the strip's replacements to Susan Foreman. The strip introduced them as having lived on 20th century Earth before meeting their grandfather, but never expounded on their origins before the comic, nor their relation to Susan. Because of this, stories exploring the Doctor's family or history on Gallifrey have almost consistently "forgotten" about John and Gillian, and the lack of an acceptable "gap" for these stories to take place has often confounded fans interested in the timeline of the Doctor's life (an issue that would continue on through the Fourth and Fifth Doctor's comic adventures). Despite this, John and Gillian's adventures have not gone totally ignored by other stories, being briefly mentioned in such things as the BBC Audio story A Sting in the Tale and the Short Trips story The Man Who (Nearly) Killed Christmas.

The First Doctor also appeared in a series of Give-a-Show Projector stories in 1965, which featured the only comics to date of him battling the Daleks. He would later be featured in Doctor Who Magazine adventures both in their main series and in specials.

Comic strip companions of the First Doctor[]




Many of the early comic strip stories did not have individual story titles so there is no "correct" title for many of the strips. Commentary and listings from older sources may use variant titles.

  • The titles given below conform to widely accepted titles (as referenced by Jean-Marc Lofficier and revised by John Ainsworth (comic historian)). The titles below were also adopted and used by Doctor Who Magazine and throughout Doctor Who Classic Comics (to which John Ainsworth was a major contributer).
  • The titles used below are firstly taken from the strip itself or from titles given by the preceding issue. In some cases the writer/artist has been able to provide a title for a given piece of work.

The listing below shows first publication details only. Reprint details can be found by following the story links.

TV Comic[]

Travelling with John and Gillian

TV Comic annuals[]

TV Comic holiday specials[]

Doctor Who annuals[]

Doctor Who Magazine[]

Title Writer Featuring Printed in Released
Timeslip Dez Skinn Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, K9 Mark II 17-18 31 January - 7 February 1980
Funhouse Alan McKenzie Sixth Doctor, Frobisher 102-103 13 June - 11 July 1985
Time & Time Again Paul Cornell Seventh Doctor, Ace, Benny, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Susan, Jamie, Zoe, Adric, Frobisher, White Guardian, Black Guardian 207 25 November 1993
Food for Thought Nicholas Briggs Ben, Polly 218-220 29 September - 24 November 1994
Operation Proteus Gareth Roberts Susan 231-233 28 September - 23 November 1995
Happy Deathday Scott Gray Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Izzy Sinclair 272 19 November 1998
Death to the Doctor! Jonathan Morris Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Steven, Dodo, Jo, the Brig, Romana I, K9 Mark II, Frobisher, Izzy, Rose, Martha 390 13 December - 2007

DWM Specials[]

Title Writer Featuring Printed in
Flashback Scott Gray Seventh Doctor, Benny DWMS Winter 1992
Are You Listening? Vicki, Steven DWMS Summer 1994

Doctor Who Yearbooks[]

Title Writer Featuring Printed in
A Religious Experience Tim Quinn Seventh Doctor, Ian, Barbara Doctor Who Yearbook 1994

IDW Publishing[]


Doctor Who (2012)[]

  • Dead Man's Hand (DW12 15 featuring Matrix projections of the first eleven Doctors and the War Doctor)

Prisoners of Time[]

Titan Comics[]

Doctor Who: The First Doctor[]


Back-up strips[]

The Many Lives of Doctor Who[]


External links[]